The L Word: Generation Q

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The L Word: Generation Q
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Created by
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)
  • Marja-Lewis Ryan
  • Ilene Chaiken
  • Jennifer Beals
  • Katherine Moennig
  • Leisha Hailey
Production company(s)Showtime Networks
Original networkShowtime
Preceded byThe L Word

The L Word: Generation Q is an upcoming American television drama produced by Showtime that is scheduled to air on December 8, 2019.[1] It is a sequel series to The L Word, which aired on Showtime from 2004 to 2009.


Set ten years after the events of The L Word, The L Word: Generation Q follows an ensemble cast of friends, the majority of whom are lesbian women. The series relocates from its original setting of West Hollywood, California to Silver Lake, Los Angeles.[2]



  • Jennifer Beals as Bette Porter, a lesbian gallerist who is running for Mayor of Los Angeles. Beals reprises her role from The L Word.
  • Katherine Moennig as Shane McCutcheon, an androgynous and highly sexual lesbian. Moennig reprises her role from The L Word.
  • Leisha Hailey as Alice Pieszecki, a bisexual writer. Hailey reprises her role from The L Word.
  • Arienne Mandi as Dani Nùñez, a PR executive.
  • Leo Sheng as Micah Lee, an adjunct professor.
  • Jacqueline Toboni as Sarah Finley, an executive assistant from a religious family.
  • Rosanny Zayas as Sophie Suarez, a TV producer.
  • Sepideh Moafi as Gigi





A sequel to The L Word was confirmed to be in development by Showtime on July 11, 2017.[3] Marja-Lewis Ryan was confirmed as showrunner and executive producer on November 20, 2017; original L Word series creator and showrunner Ilene Chaiken will serve as executive producer, with Jennifer Beals, Katherine Moennig, and Leisha Hailey also serving as executive producers.[3][4] The L Word:Generation Q will consist of eight episodes.[2] It is set to premiere on December 8, 2019.[1]

In anticipation of the show, several LGBTQIA outlets have created special programming, such as Autostraddle's podcast To L & Back: An L Word Podcast[5][6]; two episodes of Ru Paul's podcast, Ru Paul: What's the Tee? (one of which is a conversation with L Word producer and cast member Kate Moennig)[7]; an episode of Margaret Cho's podcast, The Margaret Cho, featuring comedian Fortune Feimster who will appear in The L Word as a guest star[8][9]; and Cameron Esposito's podcast, Queery, in which she interviews original L Word creator Ilene Chaiken[10] [11].


Jennifer Beals, Katherine Moennig, and Leisha Hailey will reprise their roles from the original series.[12] Bette and Tina's daughter Angelica, depicted as an infant in the original series, will be portrayed as a teenager by Jordan Hull.[13] Sarah Shahi has stated that she will reprise her role as Carmen de la Pica Morales, though Showtime has not officially confirmed her involvement.[14] Pam Grier has stated that she will not reprise her role as Kit Porter due to shooting conflicts with the ABC series Bless This Mess.[15]

Ryan has stated that she wishes to introduce new characters to the series in order to have it "live on in a different space."[2] Arienne Mandi, Leo Sheng, Jacqueline Toboni, and Rosanny Zayas were confirmed as series regulars on June 24, 2019,[16] and Sepideh Moafi was confirmed as a series regular on August 2, 2019.[1] Brian Michael Smith and Stephanie Allynne were confirmed for recurring guests on June 27, 2019.[17] Olivia Thirlby, Fortune Feimster, Lex Scott Davis, and Sophie Giannamore were confirmed for guest roles on July 23, 2019,[18] while Freddy Miyares, Jamie Clayton, and Carlos Leal were confirmed for recurring roles on July 31, 2019.[19]


  1. ^ a b c Petski, Denise (August 2, 2019). "'The L Word: Generation Q' Gets Premiere Date On Showtime – TCA". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 2, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Goldberg, Lesley (February 19, 2019). "New 'L Word' Showrunner Reveals What to Expect From Showtime Sequel". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 25, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Goldberg, Lesley (July 11, 2017). "'The L Word' Sequel in the Works at Showtime". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 11, 2017.
  4. ^ Otterson, Joe (November 20, 2017). "'The L Word' Sequel Series Taps Marja-Lewis Ryan as Showrunner". Variety. Retrieved June 24, 2019.
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  12. ^ Romano, Nick (January 31, 2019). "The L Word sequel ordered to series for 2019 premiere on Showtime". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 24, 2019.
  13. ^ Stack, Tim (July 26, 2019). "The L Word: Generation Q casts Bette and Tina's daughter". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 31, 2019.
  14. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (January 31, 2019). "Sarah Shahi Will Be in Showtime's 'The L Word' Sequel". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 25, 2019.
  15. ^ White, Peter (February 9, 2019). "Pam Grier Plays Down Any Involvement In 'The L Word' Reboot Due To 'Bless This Mess' Commitments – TCA". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 1, 2019.
  16. ^ Ramos, Dino-Ray (June 24, 2019). "'The L Word: Generation Q' Sets Arienne Mandi, Leo Sheng, Jacqueline Toboni And Rosanny Zayas As Series Regulars". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 24, 2019.
  17. ^ "'The L Word: Generation Q' casts 'One Mississippi' and 'Queen Sugar' stars". Retrieved August 2, 2019.
  18. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (July 23, 2019). "'The L Word': Olivia Thirlby, Fortune Feimster Join Showtime Sequel (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 25, 2019.
  19. ^ Baysinger, Tim (July 31, 2019). "'When They See Us' Star Freddy Miyares, 2 Others Join 'L Word' Sequel at Showtime (Exclusive)". The Wrap. Retrieved July 31, 2019.

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